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The DARK Act - How dark it is...

The farmer in this clip is a brave man. I have utmost respect for him.

A Message From Neil Young -

As I write this, the dark act is up for a vote in the House of Representatives; representatives of the people. The dark act takes away the rights of those people to vote for or against things like GMO labeling in their states. It does seem ironic. If the act is passed, it will truly be a dark day for America.

Monsanto is a corporation with great wealth, now controlling over 90% of soybean and corn growth in America. Family farms have been replaced by giant agri corp farms across this great vast country we call home. Farm aid and other organizations have been fighting the losing battle against this for 30 years now.

Dairy and meat farming is done in those white sheds you see from the freeway, no longer on the green pastures of home with the old farmhouses and barns. Those beautiful buildings now stand in ruin across the country. This has happened on our watch while the country slept, distracted by advertising and false information from the corporations. Monsanto and others simply pay the politicians for voting their way. This is because of "Citizens United", a legislation that has made it possible for corporations to have the same rights as people, while remaining immune to people's laws.

Both Democratic and Republican front runners are in bed with Monsanto, from Clinton to Bush, as many government branches are and have been for years. This presidential election could further cement the dominance of corporation's rights over people's rights in America. If you have a voice you have a choice. Use it.

On the human side, the film I would like you to see tells the story of a farming family in America, but the same thing is happening around the world. It is a story that takes 10 minutes of your time to see. It is a simple human one, telling the heartbreaking story of one man who fought the corporate behemoth Monsanto, and it illustrates why I was moved to write The Monsanto Years.

The film presents a rare opportunity to hear from the source as Mr. White is one of only four farmers who is still legally allowed to speak about his case as all the others have been effectively silenced.

Thanks for reading this and I hope you look at this simple and powerful film, "Seeding Fear".

Neil Young
The Monsanto Years


DARK Act Passes but Fight for Americans’ Right to Know Far From Over

Shannon Van Hoesen
(202) 667-6982
For Immediate Release:
Thursday, July 23, 2015

WASHINGTON – Legislation dubbed the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK, Act passed the House of Representatives today, but the fight for a more transparent food industry is only just beginning, EWG’s Scott Faber said following the vote.

EWG and other advocates of labeling genetically engineered foods, or GMOs, opposed the bill because it would strip states of the right to require labeling and effectively prevent the Food and Drug Administration from mandating a nationwide GMO labeling system.

“It’s outrageous that some House lawmakers voted to ignore the wishes of nine out of 10 Americans,” said Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs for EWG. “Today’s vote to deny Americans the right to know what’s in their food and how it’s grown was a foregone conclusion. This House was bought and paid for by corporate interests, so it’s no surprise that it passed a bill to block states and the FDA from giving consumers basic information about their food.”

More than 300 organizations, companies and food industry and social justice leaders oppose the DARK Act in the face of massive spending and lobbying by big chemical and food companies. Poll after poll has shown that a large majority of residents of key states and across the country support mandatory GMO labeling.

“We’re confident the Senate will defeat the DARK Act,” added Faber. “We continue to hope that thoughtful food companies that listen to their customers will work with consumer groups to craft a non-judgmental GMO disclosure to put on the back of food packaging. Americans should have the same right as citizens of 64 other countries to know what’s in their food and how it’s grown.”


On Forgiveness and NYC_SKP.

I miss NYC_SKP. I wish his banishment would end. And I wish those who felt injured by his words could find forgiveness in their hearts.

Tanned, Exquisitely Coiffed Bernie Sanders Tells Supporters Corporations Actually Have Alot To Offer

Of course it's from The Onion...

DAVENPORT, IA—Expounding upon the many ways in which they’ve positively impacted the country at large, a tanned and impeccably coiffed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reportedly informed supporters gathered at a campaign stop Thursday that corporations actually have a tremendous amount to offer the American people. “Businesses both large and small play a vital role in our society, creating good jobs and pumping billions back into the economy, and corporations are just the largest and most successful of these businesses—and certainly we shouldn’t punish success,” said the presidential hopeful, adjusting the alligator-skin band on his diamond-encrusted Bulgari watch as he elaborated on the ways in which publicly held companies in the financial, telecommunications, and oil and gas sectors have spurred growth and development in communities across the country. “And when you think about it, these companies aren’t just some faceless entities—they’re our neighbors, our family members, and our friends, all working together to make America the truly great nation it is.” At press time, Sanders could be seen smiling and waving from the stairs leading up to a brand-new Gulfstream personal jet before heading off to a private fundraiser at Sheldon Adelson’s estate.


Let's be perfectly honest: He could never win the election.

Sat Jun 06, 2015 at 07:31 AM PDT
Let's be perfectly honest: He could never win the election.
by Rob in Vermont

Bill Clinton 1992 Campaign Button

It may not be fair, but let's face it - other than people who think just the way we do, no one's hearing this guy's message. What they're hearing is draft-dodging, pot-smoking, woman-chasing. Untrustworthy. Irresponsible. "Slick Willy." It's Gennifer Flowers tapes today, what will it be tomorrow? Jesus, people, it's Gary Hart all over again!

Granted, George Bush doesn't have Ronald Reagan's movie-star charm, but he's very respected for serving his country as a young pilot in World War II (yes, we may respect Clinton for protesting the Vietnam War, but let's be honest - a whole lot of voters see it very differently.) And most of the country thinks Bush did a good job building a coalition to force Iraq out of Kuwait. What foreign policy cred does Clinton have? That he studied at Oxford when he wasn't inhaling?

Sure, Bill Clinton can fire up a crowd, and sure he seems to really empathize with average Americans, and sure he's a very smart guy who does great in debates, and sure the electorate may be tilting Democratic, and sure people may be more concerned about pocketbook issues right now than foreign policy - but how anyone could think Clinton has any shot in the general election is beyond me.

Honestly, I'm not even sure Paul Tsongas can win, but at least he has a reasonable chance. But "Slick Willy" Clinton is unelectable, period.

Don't get me wrong - I think he's a smart, decent guy and would be about a zillion times better than Bush.

But I'm also realistic. As we all should be, as members of the reality community.


Bernie Sanders: The Moderate Centrist

Thu Jun 04, 2015 at 11:56 PM PDT
Bernie Sanders: The Moderate Centrist
by LaFeminista

Forget the labels thrown around without thought these days, what we are talking about is radicalism rather than political leanings.

So the question should be phrased as follows:

Which is the moderate stance, between a progressive and fair taxation system when compared to one which is designed to expand income inequality?

Which is the moderate stance, between allowing everyone access to education without throwing them immediately into a debt based system, or the one where you come out at 24 with $100,000 + of debt?

Which is the more moderate stance, one which prevents businesses from becoming too big to fail and one that encourages this by bailing them out, yet throws millions out of their homes?

Which is the more moderate stance, the one that encourages equality for all or the one that denigrates women, strips voting rights and longs for the segregationist past?

Which is the more moderate stance, a stance that encourages religious freedom or the one that will allow religions to legally impose their dogma upon others?

Which is the more moderate position, the one that stands for democracy through campaign finance reform or the one that encourages Oligarchs to buy the elections?

Which is the more moderate stance, between working 40 hours a week for a livable wage or one that means having to have two or three jobs just to get by?

Which is the more moderate stance, a transparent and open government or one that negotiates trade agreements in secrecy?

I could go on and on but hopefully you get the point.

What we have an upside-down distinction between what is moderate and what is truly radical, if you believe that democracy is a radical concept, then perhaps Bernie is the radical in the room. This was the case when the founding fathers wrote the Constitution and laid the basis for full democracy when the Civil Rights Act was eventually passed, apparently many believe it is still the radical position.

If wanting a level playing field where everyone has a chance at a succeeding.

If wanting that all work is valued, from toilet cleaners to CEOs

If wanting that all have equal rights no matter their, gender, sexual orientation or color of their skin

If wanting that government is open, fair and democratic.

If wanting everyone to have the right to vote

If wanting these is radical communism, then call me Rosa Luxemburg.

Bernie Sanders 2016. The moderates choice.


Rolling Stone: Three Days on the Campaign Trail With Bernie Sanders

Thu Jun 04, 2015 at 06:44 PM PDT
Rolling Stone: Three Days on the Campaign Trail With Bernie Sanders
VL Baker

Rolling Stone has created this mini-documentary chronicling three days on the campaign trail with Bernie Sanders; beginning with his campaign launch May 26 in his hometown of Burlington, VT.



Bush CIA Deputy Director Admits We Were Lied Into Iraq War

Tue May 19, 2015 at 07:14 PM PDT
Bush CIA Deputy Director Admits We Were Lied Into Iraq War
by ericlewis0

On Hardball tonight, Chris Matthews interviewed ex-CIA Deputy Director (and Acting Director) under George W. Bush, Michael Morrell. Here is a partial transcript, courtesy of Mother Jones:

Host Chris Matthews asked Morell about a statement Cheney made in 2003: "We know he has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons." Here's the conversation that followed:

MATTHEWS: Was that true?

MORELL: We were saying—

MATTHEWS: Can you answer that question? Was that true?

MORELL: That's not true.

MATTHEWS: Well, why'd you let them get away with it?

MORELL: Look, my job Chris—

MATTHEWS: You're the briefer for the president on intelligence, you're the top person to go in and tell him what's going on. You see Cheney make this charge he's got a nuclear bomb and then they make subsequent charges he knew how to deliver it…and nobody raised their hand and said, "No that's not what we told him."

MORELL: Chris, Chris Chris, what's my job, right? My job—

MATTHEWS: To tell the truth.

MORELL: My job—no, as the briefer? As the briefer?

MATTHEWS: Okay, go ahead.

MORELL: As the briefer, my job is to carry CIA's best information and best analysis to the president of the United States and make sure he understands it. My job is to not watch what they're saying on TV.

The discussion went on:

MATTHEWS: So you're briefing the president on the reasons for war, they're selling the war, using your stuff, saying you made that case when you didn't. So they're using your credibility to make the case for war dishonestly, as you just admitted.

MORELL: Look, I'm just telling you—

MATTHEWS: You just admitted it.

MORELL: I'm just telling you what we said—

MATTHEWS: They gave a false presentation of what you said to them.

MORELL: On some aspects. On some aspects.


As Chris Matthews said, "This is a big deal." Big props to him for getting the confession.

I suppose it's only a matter of time before Morrell claims he didn't properly hear the questions.


TOM TOMORROW: Critical Reactions


The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back
Scott Beauchamp May 14, 2015

The story itself has a dreamlike aura.

Seymour Hersh is a pioneer of investigative journalism, the modern iteration of which he fashioned almost singlehandedly by uncovering the 1968 My Lai massacre, during the Vietnam War. Americans had opposed the war before My Lai—everyone knew what the American government was capable of, and many suspected that it was concealing the true extent of the horrors in Vietnam—but Hersh’s 1969 dispatches gave them coordinates to navigate their outrage by. Hersh presented the facts in black and white. After Hersh’s revelations, skeptics on the left didn’t have to feel like paranoids anymore. It turned out they had been right all along.

Hersh’s work in the aughts had much the same effect. In 2004, he exposed torture at Abu Ghraib. In 2008, he found that U.S. Special Forces were operating in Iran. The list goes on, with each discovery providing a single fleck of color. Take a step back to widen your field of vision, and you’ll be able to make out Hersh’s pointillist masterpiece: a painting of the lies the American elite have told to mask the lawless violence of pursuing their imperial ambitions.

Because of the penetration and scope of Hersh’s work, it is as much an indictment of the American media’s coverage of elites as it is one of the American government. To engage with Hersh properly, even to criticise him, the media would necessarily have to break from its day-to-day reporting of political horse races and its slavish echoing of official narratives. It would have to expose the government to shrewd interrogation in the process. That being the case, Hersh’s work is important, even if parts of it do turn out to be inaccurate...


...Predictably, many in the media have rushed to the government’s defense. Hersh’s anonymous sources rankle them. The story itself, which is so far removed from the official narrative and implicates corruption at the highest levels of government, has a dreamlike aura. Never mind that the account the government gave has been deteriorating from the start, and the glaring contradictions between the official versions as related by the Pakistani and American governments. Put aside the fact that someone else using different sources reported a version of Hersh’s story in 2011, or that NBC, within a day, had already confirmed a key point of Hersh’s narrative. If Hersh’s critics actually did submerge themselves in a detailed re-reporting of his allegations, the process would subjugate the American ruling class to deeper scrutiny than usual...


Hillary is peanuts compared to Bernie's biggest opponent...the MSM

I knew this would be the case even before he announced his candidacy for President. He is too articulate. His arguments make sense. He has the ability to energize the democratic base while also appealing to swing voters, and maybe even some moderate republicans. This is dangerous for those who want to control our politicians.

In other words, he's a THREAT to the corporate ownership of our democracy. That includes the corporations that now own the media.

Sure, MSNBC will have him on; but he's singin' to the choir on MSNBC. In the meantime, other stations are calling him "fringe" and brushing him off as "not a viable candidate". The discussion becomes whether or not his real motive is to force Hillary to sound more populist - without him present to weigh in on the discussion.



ABC Good Morning America <netaudr@abc.com>
ABC Nightline <niteline@abc.com>
ABC This Week <netaudr@abc.com>
CBS FACE THE NATION <ftn@cbsnews.com>
CBS Sunday Morning <sundays@cbsnews.com>
CNN LATE EDITION <late.edition@cnn.com>, <Wolf Blitzer wolf.blitzer@cnn.com>
CNN RELIABLE SOURCES <reliable@cnn.com>



ABC News Washington Bureau
Address 1717 DeSales St NW, Washington DC 20036
Tel 202-222-7300
Fax 202-222-7684

I found 2 addresses for GMA (not sure which is right):

Good Morning America
Address 147 Columbus Ave, New York NY 10023
Tel 212-456-5900
Fax 212-456-7257/7290
Letters netaudr@abc.com

"Good Morning America"
ABC News
1965 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

"This Week"
ABC News
1717 DeSales, NW
Washington, DC 20036


CBS Washington Bureau
Address 2020 M St NW, Washington DC 20036
Tel 202-457-4321
Fax 202-659-2586

"Face the Nation"
CBS News
2020 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

"CBS This Morning"
524 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019


Washington Bureau
111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer
Address 820 1st St NE, Washington DC 20002
Tel 202-898-7621
Fax 202-515-2919
Letters late.edition@cnn.com
Anchor Wolf Blitzer wolf.blitzer@cnn.com 202-898-7622
Executive Producer Sam Feist sam.feist@cnn.com 202-898-7622

Reliable Sources
Address 820 1st St NE, Washington DC 20002
Tel 202-898-7620
Fax 202-898-7611
Letters reliable@cnn.com
Anchors Howard Kurtz kurtzh@washpost.com 202-334-7535 ,
Bernard Kalb bernard.kalb@turner.com
Senior Producer Jennifer Avellinio


NBC Washington Bureau
Address 4001 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
Tel 202-885-4200
Fax 202-362-2009
Letters world@msnbc.com

(Again, 2 differenct addresses/phone numbers for MTP)

"Meet the Press"
NBC News
4001 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Meet the Press
4001 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington DC 20016
Tel 202-885-4598
Fax 202-966-4544
Letters mtp@msnbc.com

"Today" Show
NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
Fax 212-664-2914
Email today@nbc.com

Address One MSNBC Plaza, Secaucus NJ 07094
Tel (212) 664-6605
Email letters@msnbc.com


P.O. Box 2626
Washington, DC 20013

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